I'm trying to enqueue a JS file (located at /js/example-script.js), just to get an alert on page load.

Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

In my example-script.js:

jQuery(document).ready(function($) {

And in my functions file:

function my_theme_scripts() {
    wp_enqueue_script( 'example-script', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/example-script.js', array( 'jquery' ), '1.0.0', true );

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_theme_scripts' );

jQuery is loaded in my sources, so that's not the problem...

  • Try to change example-script handler name Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 11:02
  • Do you see any error in browser console?
    – Hector
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 11:16
  • please check js file included in head section your theme Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 12:10
  • second think check js conflict with other file Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 12:11
  • @JohnG could you look at my answer? I have posted a working example. Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 20:39

3 Answers 3


Example for themes

I would recommend using wp_enqueue_script with get_theme_file_uri this allows child themes to overwrite this file.

get_theme_file_uri() function

Searches in the stylesheet directory before the template directory so themes which inherit from a parent theme can just override one file.

wp_enqueue_script( 'example-script', get_theme_file_uri( '/js/example-script.js' ), array('jquery'), null, true );

Example for plugins

wp_enqueue_script( 'example-script', plugins_url('/js/example-script.js', __FILE__), array(), null );

Are you using a child theme ? In this case you have to use get_stylesheet_directory_uri() instead of get_stylesheet_template_uri()which returns the parent theme uri https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/get_template_directory/#usage


All answers correct - in my case I'd done it right, just wasn't loading the WP Footer, despite jQuery showing in my sources. As soon as I added in get_footer(), all worked fine.

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